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Elizabeth Montagu

  

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Elizabeth Montague : [essay on Shakespeare]

'I have read the greater part of the History of James I and Mrs. Montagues?s essay on Shakespeare, and a great deal of Gibbon'.

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Thomas Babington Macaulay      Print: Book

  

Elizabeth Robinson Montagu : An Essay on the Writings and Genius of Shakespeare

'I think Mrs Montague [sic] has fully vindicated Shakespeare from the objections of Voltaire [...] Her three dialogues of the dead at the end of her essay, are I think very good ones.'

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Joseph Hunter      Print: Book

  

Elizabeth Montagu : Essay on the Writings and Genius of Shakespear

'Mrs. Montague, a lady distinguished for having written an Essay on Shakspeare [sic], being mentioned:óReynolds. "I think that essay does her honour." Johnson. "Yes, Sir; it does her honour, but it would do nobody else honour. I have, indeed, not read it all. But when I take up the end of a web, and find it packthread. I do not expect, by looking further, to find embroidery. Sir, I will venture to say, there is not one sentence of true criticism in her book." Garrick. "But, Sir, surely it shews how much Voltaire has mistaken Shakspeare, which nobody else has done." Johnson. "Sir, nobody else has thought it worth while. And what merit is there in that ? You may as well praise a schoolmaster for whipping a boy who has construed ill".'

Century: 1700-1799     Reader/Listener/Group: Samuel Johnson      Print: Unknown

  

Elizabeth Montagu : Essay on the Writings and Genius of Shakespear

'Mrs. Montague, a lady distinguished for having written an Essay on Shakspeare [sic], being mentioned:óReynolds. "I think that essay does her honour." Johnson. "Yes, Sir; it does her honour, but it would do nobody else honour. I have, indeed, not read it all. But when I take up the end of a web, and find it packthread. I do not expect, by looking further, to find embroidery. Sir, I will venture to say, there is not one sentence of true criticism in her book." Garrick. "But, Sir, surely it shews how much Voltaire has mistaken Shakspeare, which nobody else has done." Johnson. "Sir, nobody else has thought it worth while. And what merit is there in that ? You may as well praise a schoolmaster for whipping a boy who has construed ill".'

Century: 1700-1799     Reader/Listener/Group: Joshua Reynolds      Print: Unknown

  

Elizabeth Montagu : Essay on the Writings and Genius of Shakespear

'Mrs. Montague, a lady distinguished for having written an Essay on Shakspeare [sic], being mentioned:óReynolds. "I think that essay does her honour." Johnson. "Yes, Sir; it does her honour, but it would do nobody else honour. I have, indeed, not read it all. But when I take up the end of a web, and find it packthread. I do not expect, by looking further, to find embroidery. Sir, I will venture to say, there is not one sentence of true criticism in her book." Garrick. "But, Sir, surely it shews how much Voltaire has mistaken Shakspeare, which nobody else has done." Johnson. "Sir, nobody else has thought it worth while. And what merit is there in that ? You may as well praise a schoolmaster for whipping a boy who has construed ill".'

Century: 1700-1799     Reader/Listener/Group: David Garrick      Print: Unknown

  

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